Discover our Research Groups and CentresEcology, people and environmentEcology, People and Environment

We are working towards enhancing the understanding and management of the environment for social and ecological values through science and engagement.

Sustainability Management & Policy


Terrestrial ecology; restoration ecology; spatial ecology & remote sensing; disturbance ecology


Wetland, river, estuary and marine ecology and management; Climate change adaptation; Disturbance ecology; Restoration ecology; Community ecology; Water quality and nutrient dynamics; Remote sensing; Behavioural ecology; population ecology.


Atmospheric Science; Climate change modelling; Air quality; emissions control


Biodiversity Conservation; Fauna; Spatial ecology; Plant ecology; Woodland and Forest Health


Environmental Impact Assessment; Environmental Policy & Law; Tourism; Community engagement in conservation; Protected area management; Citizen science; Education for Sustainability; GIS & Spatial planning

Key questions in this research theme include:

  • How do organisms interact with the environment?
  • How do ecosystems function and interact across terrestrial and aquatic landscapes?
  • Can we balance human use with ecological values?
  • How does the environment interact with and influence plant, animal and human health?
  • Can we increase community engagement to achieve positive sustainability outcomes?
  • How can policy and management be best informed by science?
  • How can environmental policies be most effective in achieving environmental outcomes?
  • How do the timing, order and severity of disturbance events such as fire, drought and disease impact on forest and woodland health and biodiversity?
  • How is Phytophthora cinnamomi impacting on the health and function of susceptible ecosystems in the southwest of Western Australia?

Our key approaches and tools include:

  • Geographical information systems and spatial modelling
  • Intensive and extensive field trials
  • Advanced molecular technologies- proteomics, metabolomics, next generation sequencing
  • Population monitoring
  • Risk assessments
  • Glasshouse trials
  • Citizen science